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Things to see in Palermo

The historic center of Palermo is one of the richest in Europe. Every angle is full of history, folklore and architectural wonders. Below we offer just a few of these beauties in the splendid city of Palermo.


teatro massimo

Massimo Theatre

The "Massimo Vittorio Emanuele" Theatre in Palermo is the largest opera theater building in Italy, and one of the largest in Europe.
Reception rooms, halls, galleries and monumental staircases surround the theater itself, which can accommodate about 1,400 spectators, forming an architectural complex of great proporzioni.


teatro Politeama

Politeama Theatre

Politeama Theatre is located on Piazza Ruggero Settimo (also called Piazza Politeama) in the center of Palermo.
The value of this construction is in the exaltation of the social function of theater as "theater of the people." Consisting of a huge horseshoe-shaped room (which could hold five thousand spectators in 1874) with two tiers of boxes, dominated by a large gallery divided into two orders.


Piazza quattro canti

Quattro Canti Square

The Quattro Canti, or Vigliena square, or Octagon of the Sun or the Sun Theatre, is the name of an octagonal square at the intersection of two main roads of Palermo: Via Maqueda and Cassaro, now Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in the middle about their length.
The exact name of the square is Piazza Vigliena, but remember the ancient sources as octagon or Theatre of the Sun during daylight hours because at least one of the architectural scenes are illuminated by the sun.


Piazza pretoria o della vergogna

The Fontana Pretoria

The Fontana Pretoria was built in 1554 by Francis Camillians in Florence, but in 1581 was transferred to Piazza Pretoria in Palermo.
Distributed within this architectural construction are statues depicting the gods of Olympus and the rivers of Palermo, Oreto, Papireto, Maredolce and Gabriel.
Among the monuments of the Middle Ages, the late-Renaissance and Baroque historical center of Palermo, the fountain makes the plan an urban district judge surprising.


Cattedrale di Palermo

The Cathedral of Palermo

The Cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is an architectural complex composed in different styles, related to the various stages of construction.
Erected in 1184 by the archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio area of the first basilica, which the Saracens had turned into a mosque, has undergone several alterations over the centuries, the latest being the late eighteenth century, when, at the structural consolidation, was radically remade the interior designed by Ferdinando Fuga.


Mercato Storico del Capo

Capo historical market

The Cape is a popular neighborhood of Palermo and the market along with other named: "BallarĂ²", "Vucciria", "Lattarini". It is a bustling food market, the colors, the animation of stalls featuring the excitement of making it available every day, giving the possibility to buy groceries and other merchandise.
One of the main entrances to the market is at Porta Carini, near which is the Palace of Justice. Characteristic is the name of some of the roads that are in this area: via "flying chairs", via "Scippateste", via "My Joy".


Duomo di Monreale

Cathedral of Monreale

Near Palermo, also accessible by public transport, there is Monreale, perched on the picturesque slopes of Monte Caputo. Monreale is known worldwide for its Norman cathedral, built between 1172 and 1186, for King William II. The Cathedral - dedicated to Santa Maria la Nuova - is the most beautiful church of Norman Sicily, one of the most remarkable architectural monuments of the Middle Ages. The architecture belongs to that style in Sicily is composed of Greek, Arabs and Normans.


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